Q. I am about submit my medical retirement paperwork on Jan. 10, 2017. Will I be able to buy back my military time (1983-1986) after submitting my retirement paper work? Do you happen to know the amount I would have to pay? I was hired in 2003 and will be retiring in 2017 from Customs and Border Protection.

Q. I will be able to retire on Dec. 19, 2018, at 57 years old, so I will have the time and the age, but I will probably retire at the end of the month on the last full pay period in December. How do I calculate the FERS special retirement supplement between 2018 (age 57) and the time I turn 62 years of age?

Q. I have been working full time for the Department of Veterans Affairs (term employee in research) for nine years and four months. We may have to move out of state for my husband’s job. Is there any benefit to delaying the move to reach 10 years of service? I was also in the Army Reserve for six years, but never active duty.

Under the Trump administration, change is inevitable. Some agencies will prosper while others may find themselves diminished or eliminated. The same goes for their employees. If you suspect your agency will take a hit and you have the right combination of age and service, this may be a good time to retire. The end of the 2016 leave year would be the best time to do it. That’s especially true if you carried the maximum amount of annual leave into the current year and haven’t used much of the time you’ve accumulated since then. Here’s why.

Q. I will have 30 years in service on Aug. 8, 2018. I will apply for retirement under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) at that time and see where the dart hits the dartboard. I will be 49 years old (plus a few days) — young enough to perhaps move onto something else. Is there anything I should know?

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